The Malaysian Disease
There is a disease in Malaysia, which is prevalent and extremely contagious. It is a disease that affects all strata of Malaysian society and its name is Rumour Mongering. It is caused by pettiness and small mindedness and fed by avarice and envy.
And Datuk Vinod was not immune from being a victim. One has to remember that this was a man who was praised as a genius and yet when the crash came, the true colours of people began to show. One day, he was lauded and feted, the next he was shunned. It is indeed unfortunate how peopleís faces seem to change when one is in adversity.
And then there were the rumours, the wild and vicious rumours about him. He laughs about it now by jokingly claiming that he does not mind what they said about him but he would prefer it if he could have done what the rumour mongers were accusing him of doing.
But this is now and that was then. And back then, as he reflected, he was hurt and angry by what was happening. Rightly so as well. As he said, he did not steal money, he did not cause a public company to collapse, he did not commit any crime, yet the knives were stabbing him in his back. People whom he had helped before began to treat him like a leper. The worst part of the ordeal for him though was not that he had to hear what people were saying about him but that his parents and his wife had to face them as well. Through this time, his wife, Datin Dr. Winy Sekhar, was the rock who supported him and kept him going.
Of course there were sacrifices that had to be made. Certain lifestyle changes had to be made such as moving from a huge bungalow to a small two room apartment. All this was done to keep the company going.
It was during this time that a friend of his mother gave Datuk Vinod a piece of advice that helped him accept the situation. He remembered her telling him, “Why are you getting angry? Are your friends from five years ago still your friends today? Are your friends from ten years ago still your friends today? You are the most consistent person around. Your friends know who you are. And anyone of any real character will make a decision on their own, not on some silly rumours.”
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